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UVA Today

features publication

of local tax rates

UVA Today is featuring the publication “Virginia Local Tax

Rates: 2016,” 35th Annual Edition, by UVA's Cooper Center for

Public Service, which is in print and is available through Lexis-

Nexis. local-tax-rates-virginia-0

The 375-page book features tax information for all 38 Virginia

cities, all 95 counties and for 137 of the state’s 192 incorporated

towns. The soft-cover book was compiled by Stephen C. Kulp, re-

search specialist with the Center for Economic and Policy Studies.

Many Virginia localities impose different types of taxes for lo-

cal services and all have differing tax rates. For example, 29 cities

and two counties impose tobacco taxes and net a total of more than

$70 million from such taxes, which amounts to less than 0.5 per-

cent of all local revenue. Tax rates on cigarettes range from a high

of $1.15 per pack in Alexandria to 55 cents in Charlottesville to 10

cents a pack in Petersburg.

The Virginia Local Tax Rates book references all the tax cat-

egories permitted in the Code of Virginia. Readers can find data on

taxes for real property, merchants' capital, tangible personal prop-

erty, utilities, mo-

tor vehicle li-

censes, business

licenses, tobacco,

meals, lodging and


The only com-

prehensive view

of local taxation

in Virginia is pre-

pared annually by

the Weldon Coo-

per Center for

Public Service. It

is an indispens-

able resource for

anyone involved

with local govern-

ments in Virginia,

either as a tax-

payer, elected offi-

cial, administrator,

business leader, or




book and eBook can be pre-ordered online at the LexisNexis Store: 2016-35th-annual-edition-skuusSku22860439 .

The Cooper Center is a research and training organization

focused on the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Center provides

objective information, data, applied research, technical assistance,

and practical training to state and local officials, community lead-

ers, and members of the general public.

The Cooper Center's 60-member staff includes experts in pub-

lic management, demography, economics and public finance, po-

litical science, leadership and organizational development, work-

force issues and survey research.

Contact: Stephen C. Kulp, research specialist with the

Cooper’s for Economic and Policy Studies, (434) 982-5638

Sarah Alderson is an award-winning freelance writer who also

works in the Senate broadcast control room during sessions and

the Capitol Studio throughout the year. She can be reached at

and her new blog launches in

March at


This a shortened version of an article that originally appeared in

the Winter 2013 issue of

Virginia Capitol Connections Quarterly



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